Home Depot facing boycott over co-founder's Trump donation
Shoppers are boycotting Home Depot after a co-founder of the home improvement store, Bernie Marcus, said he planned to donate to President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE’s 2020 reelection campaign, Business Insider reports.
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The billionaire, an avid supporter of the president, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in June that while he didn’t “agree with every move” Trump has made, he has still “produced more than anybody else” while in the White House.
“If we look at this country, I would say that we are better off today than we were eight years ago or six years ago,” he said, according to the Journal-Constitution.
Since retiring from Home Depot in 2002, Marcus has become more involved in politics, donating millions to the Republican Party. He also donated $7 million to Trump during the 2016 presidential race, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
Social media users, including Democratic Coalition Against Trump Chairman Jon Cooper, criticized Marcus on Twitter, and many have used the hashtag #boycotthomedepot to say they won’t shop at the store, while others said they plan to cut up their Home Depot credit cards.
Furious @HomeDepot shoppers say they’re boycotting the store and cutting up their cards after one of the home-improvement retailer’s founders said he’d donate some of his fortune to Trump’s reelection campaign.#BoycottHomeDepot https://t.co/kWKX33Si9U
— Jon Cooper (@joncoopertweets) July 8, 2019
Hope you have a @Lowes nearby ♂️@HomeDepot billionaire Bernie Marcus decided how to donate his fortune, and now we’re going to #BoycottHomeDepot https://t.co/UeMO0bL149
— Jeffrey Hudson (@ItsJeffHudson) July 6, 2019
Home Depot shoppers if you’re anti Trump, boycott the store and cut up your cards!
Founder Bernie Marcus plans to donate to President Donald Trump’s 2020 reelection bid.#boycotthomedepot https://t.co/fvHVS2e3QU via @businessinsider
— Richie Holland (@MrRichieHolland) July 8, 2019
Home Depot, in a statement, said the company does not endorse presidential candidates and Marcus was not speaking for the company.
“Bernie retired from The Home Depot more than 15 years ago and isn’t speaking on behalf of the company,” Home Depot spokeswoman Margaret Smith said in a statement to The Hill. “In fact, as a standard practice, the company does not endorse Presidential candidates.”
Updated at 9:15 a.m.